Friday, 24 September 2010
Locomotion/Glad To Be Alive
"Locomotion", Kylie's first single release, spent seven weeks at number one on the Australian singles chart, and was the highest selling single in the country for the 1980s. This version of "Locomotion" is often aired on VH-1 Europe, so in the 1990s and 2000s it became more popular than the UK/Europe SAW version, released there.
Friday, 10 September 2010
Celebration/Blue Blue Is The Radio
Dragon were one of the great bands of the Seventies originally from New Zealand where they had released 2 albums but were virtually unknown here. The group had moved to Australia to try their luck and after the huge success of the 1977 single April Sun In Cuba #2 we claimed them as our own. Celebration was released in 1987 and climbed to #11 on the charts the song was lifted from the album Bondi Road #18. The B-Side was a non album track but has since been released as a track on the Tales From The Darkside compilation.
One An One (Ain't I Good Enough)/Rubber Cookie/Mind Over Matter/Playtime
Led by the songwriting team of Paul Gray and Steve Williams, the band signed with CBS Records in 1985. Wa Wa Nee had four singles in the Australian top 40 from their debut album release of the same name. They included "Stimulation" which reached number 2 nationally in Australia in 1986, "I Could Make You Love Me", reaching the Top 5 in the same year, and both "One And One (Ain't I Good Enough)" and "Sugar Free" making the Top 20. "Sugar Free" also reached the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 top 40. This, however would be their only success in America; "Stimulation" was released as the followup single, but only reached #86, culminating their chart career there.
The band's self titled debut album went platinum in Australia despite only reaching #29 on the charts.
Their follow-up LP, Blush was released in late 1989, and spawned two more Top 100 hits in Australia - "Can't Control Myself", and the religiously motivated "So Good" (even though the music video bordered on the pornographic). The album however, received a luke-warm response, and the band has not charted in Australia since. This post "One And One (Ain't I Good Enough)" made it to #19 in 1987 .